Learn About Careers in the Health Professions

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Working in a health profession can provide you with an interesting, satisfying, and stimulating career that will allow you to help others.

Learn About Careers in Public Health

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Ama Agumeh

Public health is a wide ranging, interdisciplinary pathway with the goals of protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations at local and global levels.

“I realized that my heart was in health communications — how could we use words and pictures to influence the health behavior decision process?”

“As a nurse I have educated patients and their families, provided a shoulder to cry on, assisted in surgeries, managed complicated equipment, advocated for my patients, saved them from unsafe prescribed doses of medications, visited new families at home, and witnessed both birth and death. I am a touchstone for patients and their families in their most joyful and tragic moments, and it is an honor.”

“She said, ‘If you could do anything in the world, what would you be?’ I immediately said, ‘A nurse, but it’s too late.’ She said, ‘No it’s not.”

Gaining Clinical Experience for Health Professions Schools

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

It is critical that you gain actual experience in a healthcare setting with healthcare professionals and patients before you make a decision about your future career. You need to be aware of the responsibilities, rewards, and challenges that you will face as a health professional. You also must begin to learn to feel comfortable working with people from all walks of life, whether as patients or as members of the health care team.

Learn About Careers in Life Sciences

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Ama Agumeh

A career in the life sciences can include a broad range of companies, organizations, and foundations concerned with the study of living organisms, including biological sciences, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, and a number of related subjects. Employers may include biotechnology & pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations, and federal agencies. Most of the information on this page concerns non-patient facing options but there are opportunities to create career paths that merge patient and non-patient settings.

Consulting

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Hilda Lief

The word consulting encompasses a wide range of industries and professional job opportunities. To put it simply, a consultant provides “external advice for organizations that require specialist experience or an objective outside perspective on their business.” There are many different types of consulting that can be explored, including management, strategy, economics, healthcare, human resources, and technology. Likewise, there are endless opportunities in all types of industries that use consultants: from education to healthcare to the public sector, consulting can provide many opportunities for you to explore different industries or even just a specific field.  

Finding Summer Opportunities

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Summers are a great time to explore interests. There are a vast number of opportunities to learn about and prepare for careers in the health professions.

Industry Expertise for Alumnae: Health, Public Health, and Life Sciences

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Wellesley Career Education offers personalized advising and industry expertise in the areas of Health, Public Health, and Life Sciences. Visit the Career Community page for Health, Public Health, and Life Sciences to learn about careers in biotech, life sciences, healthcare, health professions, public health, research, and more

Prospective Wellesley Students Interested Careers in the Health Professions

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Thank you for considering Wellesley College for your undergraduate education. Here you will develop the skills of a liberal arts education, including critical thinking, problem solving, synthesis of information, and effective communication. These skills will serve you well throughout your lifetime, and are highly valued by health professions schools. As you explore your options, here are answers to some of the questions you may be asking:

Resources for Underrepresented Students and Alumnae Applying to Health Profession Schools

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

A crucial topic in healthcare today is how to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of medical care for ethnic, racial, social, and economic minorities. There is an urgent need to increase both the diversity and cultural competence of our health care workforce.

Biomedical Research and Health Internships

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Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07

Developed to expose our pre-health students to professional research opportunities, the Biomedical Research Internships Program provides an opportunity for students to learn skills related to research in healthcare today. Interns work with a mentor to conduct basic research in a laboratory or to contribute to the development of a research effort. Interns are expected to become familiar with the research approaches used by their mentors. At the mentor’s discretion, students may: develop a specific project within the research team; have shadowing opportunities with a health professional; and interact with patients and their families through volunteer experiences.

Arts Education

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Destiny M. Barletta

As a field, art education spans traditional K-12 art classrooms to university/college teaching and even to more community-oriented spaces, like museums, arts centers, and educational non-profits. This field even crosses over into healthcare in the form of vocational rehabilitation and art therapy programs.

Studying Abroad (Health Professions resource)

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Health professions schools are interested in individuals who are broadly educated. Experiences such as study abroad may be particularly useful if you learn about and immerse yourself in the culture and people of the country in which you study.

A Note About Your Personal Conduct

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

If you are interested in possibly pursuing a career in healthcare, this means that someday you may be referred to as a “health professional.” What does it mean to be a “professional”? 

Gaining Service Experience for Health Profession Schools

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Becoming a health professional requires a true dedication to serving others. Often health professionals are asked to put the needs of their patients ahead of their own. Health professions schools want to see that applicants care enough for others that they are willing to volunteer their time to help them. They will be interested in seeing evidence of your service to your community since high school.

Resources for Pre-Health Students & Alumnae With Disabilities

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

If you have a disability and are thinking about a career in the health professions, it’s important that you educate yourself about your rights and resources.

Resources for Undocumented Immigrants/DACA Status Students and Alumnae

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Gaining admission to health professions schools and identifying funding sources to finance professional school education can be challenging for undocumented immigrants/DACA students and alumnae. But resources do exist to help applicants.

Upcoming Event

Cornerstone Boston Summer Networking Night

Tuesday, July 30th 2019, 6:00 pm -
8:30 pm EDT

699 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, United States of America

Cornerstone Research Summer Networking Night

Cornerstone Research staff members welcome you for a Networking Night to learn more about opportunities in economic consulting. We will be offering a quick introduction to the firm, a sample case overview, and a networking session with appetizers and beverages!

When: Tuesday, July 30th, 6:00 PM* 8:30 PM

Where: Cornerstone Research, 699 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116